Harold R. Oberheu

Harold R. Oberheu, 82, of rural Sumner, died Tuesday, April 7, 2015, at Tripoli Nursing & Rehab.

Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m., Friday, April 10, 2015, at Grace Lutheran Church in Tripoli with Rev. Scott Duffus officiating.  Interment will follow in Grace Lutheran Cemetery, rural Tripoli. Friends may call from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., Thursday, April 9th at Rettig Funeral Home in Tripoli and for one hour preceding services at the church on Friday. Memorials may be made in his name to Grace Lutheran Church in Tripoli, Tripoli Nursing & Rehab, or Cedar Valley Hospice in Waverly. 

Harold Romain, son of William and Martha Bockhaus Oberheu, was born March 15, 1933, in Bremer County, Iowa. He was baptized April 2, 1933, at Western Douglas, and confirmed on March 21, 1948, at St. John Lutheran Church in Sumner. On September 19, 1959, he was united in marriage with Esther Mae Buchholz at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Riceville, Iowa. He farmed in Bremer County until December of 1980. He was later employed at Fredericksburg Farmers Coop prior to retiring in 1998. He was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Tripoli. Among his hobbies, he enjoyed collecting models of draft horses and show wagons and also loved following the Chicago Cubs.

In addition to his wife, Esther of Sumner, Harold is survived by three daughters, Jane (Dale) Petersen of Fredericksburg, Carol (William) O’Brien of Sumner, and Elaine (Randy) Hammitt of Fairbank; seven grandchildren, Kimberly (Josh) Meyer, Brandon (Julie Stange) Petersen, Andrew and Emily O’Brien, Jacob,  Maria,  and Jenna Hammitt; two step-grandchildren, Natasha (Jeff) Allen, and Nick Hammitt; two great-grandchildren, Jonah and Hattie Meyer; two step-great-grandchildren, Paxton and Oliva Allen; one brother, David (Lois) Oberheu of Waterloo; sister-in-law, Leota Oberheu of Waterloo; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Edgar (Darlys) Oberheu, and Lester Oberheu, and two brothers, who died in infancy.


Linda and Alan Schwemm on April 15, 2015 at 8:10 AM said:

Thinking of you at this difficult time, hang on to your memories and all the good times.
John and Diane Dockendorf on April 10, 2015 at 4:16 AM said:

Our sympathy to the entire family. Hold your memories close. Frederika has suffered another loss. God Bless!
Roger& Margo Pleggenkuhle on April 9, 2015 at 8:16 PM said:

Thinking of you Esther and family...Sending our sympathy..Roger & Margo
Brenda Collins on April 9, 2015 at 6:00 PM said:

Elaine and family,
So sorry for your loss! You are in my thoughts and prayers. Matthew 5:4
May God grant you comfort.
Toom and Mary Lou Benson on April 9, 2015 at 2:23 PM said:

Jane, Carol, Elaine and families, You are in our thoughts today and tomorrow as you celebrate the life of your father. Give your mom a hug for us .. and know that we are with you in prayer. Tom and Mary Lou Benson
Brad & Kim Bunce family on April 9, 2015 at 2:05 PM said:

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time.
Dawn & Kevin Holm on April 9, 2015 at 11:29 AM said:

Our sympathies to you all. It's never an easy time, remember he is in a better place with no pain or suffering. Cherish all the memories as they will be with you forever. I always remember him saying how he loved the pipe organ music in church. Thinking of you all during these days.
Jane and Dale and Family on April 8, 2015 at 8:01 PM said:

So sorry to hear about your loss. Our sympathies to you and your family. God called his angel home and he went.Sending prayers yours way.

Doug and Becky
Dennis and Deb Schnadt on April 8, 2015 at 12:35 PM said:

We will keep you all in prayer for this great loss in your family. This makes the Resurrection so real for us to know that we will all see him again. We wish you God's blessings always.
Dave and Nancy Foelske on April 7, 2015 at 5:55 PM said:

Our deepest sympathy to the entire Oberheu family. We have many great memories of sharing interest in the pigeon hobby. Derek lost his birthday "partner" - it was always easy to remember Harold's birthday. Hold tight to all of the wonderful memories you have and can share with each other.

Becker-Milnes Funeral Home

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